AN: I know, it's a crossover but since this one's going to be centered around Ariel, I put it here. So enjoy everyone, don't forget to R & R!
Triton, the Sea King had been a widower for many years and had seven lovely daughters from his deceased Queen Athena. The most beautiful of all these ocean maidens was the youngest. She was spirited, adventurous and had the loveliest voice of any upon the earth or sea.
Yet, she was obsessed, with the world above the waves.
Soon after a heated argument with her father, the young princess took a rash decision: she would become human herself and prove that humans weren't barbarians at all.
She sought out every possibility, until she had no alternative but to seek help from a land dweller with magical abilities.
Many an underwater inhabitant had told her to seek out a hermit, she'd been told, one that resided in Bogus swamp.
Recalling the instructions she'd received, she pulled herself up on the large tree stump and blew the twisted horn and fell back into the water, with only her torso visible.
Within seconds, out of the water in front of her, an even larger tree stump emerged. At the near top was a small round door, which opened and out came the hermit. He was short, had green skin, fiery red eyebrows, a mane of white hair and was garbed all in black.
"Who dares to blow my door horn?" he snapped.
"Hello up there! I've come to ask –"
"I've little time for vagrants little girl, what is your business here?"
"I wish to become human, I've been told you'd be able to help me."
The hermit studied the young woman looking up from the swamp water suspiciously. She was slim and supple, with a luxurious length of cascading hair as red as blood. Her eyes were large and blue, filled with apprehension and a hint of hope.
"What are you talking about girl --?" He was cut off when the 'girl' pulled herself to sitting position. Instead of legs, he saw a bright emerald green fish tail.
"Hmm, human legs…" said the hermit thoughtfully, he then indicated, "Wait here."
Not long after, he climbed down and handed the mermaid a red narwhal's horn containing a bubbling yellow concoction.
"Now you listen carefully, because I'm only going to say this once: Tomorrow before sunrise, you will go ashore and drink this. Instead of a fin you'll get legs, and bear in mind that the process WILL be painful. But any other being who sees you will say that you are the fairest human being to have walked the Earth."
Unknown to the princess or the swamp hermit, the entire evening's events had been witnessed by two of the mermaid's sea-dwelling friends, who were very concerned about their beloved princess.
The mermaid princess thanked him and swam away over the horizon after he scolded her that the sun would soon rise.
As the hermit watched the princess disappear into the distance, he chuckled wickedly, "Yes, venture out into the world to your heart's content, little daughter of Triton... My eyes and ears are everywhere, nothing you do will go unseen. And at your weakest moment, Atlantica will fall under my rule."
Had the mermaid or her hidden companions glanced at the water. They would have seen truth revealed in the hermit's reflection: a large black demon with flaming eyebrows...
Ariel swam up to shore and pulled herself up on the bank just a few good hours before sunrise.
Remembering the instructions, she carefully raised the phial to her mouth and drank the concoction give to her by the swamp hermit.
Just as she finished it, Ariel suddenly grabbed her throat gasping and gagging. Her bright green fin thrashed about feeling as though some great knife were cutting through it.
Since her eyes were closed due to both the pain and the bitter taste, she didn't see the gradual transformation of her tail into human legs, by then she fainted.
Hours later, Ariel slowly raised her head, pushing her bangs out of her face.
And started when she saw her new pair of legs. Even more when she found herself wearing a white blouse with a black corset, blue pants and black flats.
It was a bit shocking, but now she could see humans up close, talk to them and learn about their world!
Carefully she tried to stand on her new legs. Boys, did they feel shaky! She didn't know how humans could
She toppled over and landed on the sand. Though she was far from deterred, she was determined to make her way into the world above.
Later in the afternoon, she wandered hungrily upon the main road, when she chanced to make a kindly peasant family acquaintance in a rather abrupt way.
We see Ariel barely dodged the oncoming cart headed towards her and fell on the ground face first.
"God's wounds! Is she alright, father?"
The driver and his young sons rushed to her aid.
"She looks rather pale, how long was it since you've last eaten child?"
Ariel tried getting herself up, "Last night at least."
It so happened that they were farmers from a large village, they mistook her for a shipwrecked traveler that seemed out of it and offered her a place to stay, but she also had to work. Something she didn't really mind so long as she got to see more of their world.
The time she pent on the farm allowed her to learn a great deal, with the farmer's wife's skill, she learned to sew and cook.
With the sons' and the farmer himself, she learned to garden and tend to the crops.
All these practical skills would become useful to her- though she did not know it yet. And in turn at night, she would sometimes sing for them, enchanting the household with her melodious voice.
But even the happiest of times can be darkened by an unseen tempest.
Now that very day, Ariel had just been walking back from the orchard, carrying a basket full of fruit.
"I wonder what delicious human menu we'll be having for dinner tonight…" she thought.
Briefly she kneeled, down to straighten her blue leggings
At same moment, a mysterious shadow crept over the valley where the mermaid princess was currently residing in.
The sky suddenly darkened and rumbled even though there were no warning signs of an approaching storm.
Next, she felt goose bumps when the sound of people screaming reached her ears.
When she stood up, what she saw made her blue eyes grow wide with horror.
For a terrible creature towered threateningly above the village!
It was hideously ugly. It has flaming red brows and goatee/beard. It's dark eyes narrowed with malice. The greenish mouth turned up into a wicked sneer, revealing sharp cruel teeth.
A shower of arrows and spears rained on the demon.
But it just raised it's arms high above and sucked the blades deep into it's dark flesh with no trouble at all. Then, straightening it's long, arms in both directions, it fired the arrows out of its' black palms right back at the shooters.
Many of the townspeople jumped away to avoid the falling arrowheads, while others leapt aside to avoid the burning beams from the demon's eyes.
It wasn't long before the entire town was in flames with the creature cackling triumphantly over the destruction it caused.
By now, mortal fear flooded through the young mermaid.
In the ocean, it was either sink or swim. And after seeing what this thing was capable of, she doubted she'd so much as stand a fighting chance against it.
So Ariel did the only thing she could do: escape.
Quickly, she turned tail and ran towards the forest as fast as her human legs could carry her.
If she'd looked back, she'd have seen the monster glance her way and smirk knowingly.
Or her equally panicked friends frantically follow her into the woods. But she was too frightened to turn around much less stop.
Little did she know that this was just the beginning of her adventures in this strange new world above…
To be continued...
AN: And there's the first part, keep your eyes peeled for the next part everyone. That's where she'll run into some familiar faces (if you've watched Samurai Jack) and places so don't miss it. But don't count on seeing Eric or Ursula in this one folks, sorry.